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What Happened to Montana?

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On January 11, 2023
It’s been one of the few joys of my political life to see my beloved West slowly move to the left. Remember that in the 1980s, when I was a kid and just starting to understand politics, Reagan was from California, Oregon had two Republican, albeit rather moderate, senators, and then proceeded to replace one […]
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Missouri Breaks

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On August 3, 2017
One more national monument saved from the ravages of Trump. That’s the Missouri Breaks in Montana, which was really controversial when Bill Clinton created it. Still about two dozen possible reductions or eliminations, which will be challenged by environmentalists and other concerned parties, particularly Native Americans in the Southwest, to go.

The Wages of Mining

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On December 8, 2016

In 1985, I took the first trip of my life. We drove from Oregon to Minnesota for a family reunion. For me, at that age, this was exciting. As we drove east on I-90, we stopped in Butte, Montana. There

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On June 8, 1917, the Speculator Mine in Granite Mountain, near Butte, Montana, caught on fire. 168 miners died in the largest death toll in American history for a hard-rock mining disaster. This horrible event spurred a strike and union campaign in Butte that owners responded to through anti-union hysteria and organized violence, showing the […]
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